A review of the Fourth Vancouver Island Winter Mixer, written by Young Agrarians Vancouver Island Coordinator Moss Dance On the morning of Saturday, January 28, I was sitting in a circle of over 100 farmers and friends in Quw’utsun Territory on beautiful Shawnigan Lake at the 4th Vancouver Island Winter Mixer. In the centre of that circle, three inspiring Quw’utsun land and food activists were singing us a welcome. Ron & Deb George and their nephew Joe Akerman taught us to sing a Quw’utsun song, and soon enough, we were all standing up singing together. This powerful moment grounded my experience of this … Continue reading Getting Together: Reflections on the 4th Vancouver Island Winter Mixer
Come have fun and develop hands-on experience with Richard Walker, one of Canada’s most experienced forest gardeners at Clear Sky Center‘s one-acre cold climate food forest, just 35 minutes from Cranbrook, and 50 minutes from Fernie, BC. Learning Outcomes 5 things you’ll take away with you from this workshop: how to properly plant trees how to select quality botanicals pruning fundamentals the key points of building soil a copy of “Food Forestry North of the 49th” by Richard Walker About Richard Walker Richard is a food forester, designer, herbalist and teacher with over 30 years experience. He has designed community … Continue reading June 18-19: Food Forestry North of the 49th Weekend Intensive, Clear Sky Center, Fernie, BC
SPEC (The Society Promoting Environmental Conservation) and YA are getting set to launch a project called ‘Climate Change Adaptation for Small-Scale Farmers’, the goal of which is to contribute extension materials and expertise around farmer-identified issues related to climate change and growing food in urban and peri-urban farms around Metro- Vancouver. We will engage farmers (experts themselves) to help identify the topics of interest, guide the dialogue, and share site-specific expertise with one another. SPEC will coordinate demonstrations, tours and workshops. Best practices and adaptation strategies specific to the Metro-Vancouver area will be developed using the collective knowledge of farmers … Continue reading Climate Change Adaptation for Small-Scale Farmers
Join Certified Organic Association of BC in Vernon for their next annual conference focusing on Resilience! Sessions on water harvesting and resilient/restorative agriculture are pertinent given extreme temperatures and water shortages in BC this season. There will also be sessions on the certification process, seed saving (beginner and advanced presentations), pest management, stories from trailblazers in the organic community, and so much more. WHEN: Feb. 26 – Feb. 28, 2016 WHERE: Vernon, BC COST: Full Conference $250 – See website for single sessions & student discount PURCHASE TICKETS HERE! Conference Highlights: Keynote Speaker: Dr. Vandana Shiva: COABC is thrilled to have Dr. Vandana Shiva, internationally recognized … Continue reading FEB 26-28: 2016 Certified Organic Association of BC Conference, Vernon, BC
Ready to gather, share, learn, dream and mix it up Kootenay farm style? Kootenay’s first ever Young Agrarians Farmer Mixer & Sleepover! Before the days get too long, the weather too warm, and all our lives way too busy… it’s time to gather and network with farm folk!!! We’re bringing together as many young(ish) ecological farmers as we can for two-days of skills sharing, workshops and connection making. Young Agrarians has officially come to the Kootenays! We have regional coordinators on the ground and modest funding to start supporting local young farmers and the farm-curious. The Mixer will also be … Continue reading Kootenays Spring Farmer Mixer – SCHEDULE ADDED!